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Why the TV Movie Emmy Category Needs Reinvention (Column)

  • Variety
The television movie category at the Emmys, through the years, has honored such landmark projects as ABC’s “Brian’s Song,” NBC’s “Roe v. Wade,” as well as HBO’s “And the Band Played On,” “Wit” and “The Normal Heart.” It’s probably time that the category be retired.

This year’s category is historically weak. Several of the nominees fall short of the bar of Emmy-worthiness. And it follows two years in which episodes of TV series that snuck their way into the race — PBS’ “Sherlock” in 2016, Netflix’s “Black Mirror” in 2017 — claimed the top prize over insubstantial competition.

It wasn’t always this way. The last time the movie category fell away, it was due to the weakness of an entirely different field; the category merged with limited series at the 2011 Emmys thanks to a dearth of miniseries. But the limited-series form was only just beginning its
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Charlie Matthau Planning ‘1920’ Election Television Series (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Charlie Matthau is developing a six-part television series on the 1920 presidential election and hopes to have it air during the home stretch of the 2020 election, Variety has learned exclusively.

“I was struck at how similar the 1920 election was and how it contained so many parallels to the current political environment,” Matthau told Variety.

Matthau, son of the late Walter Matthau, has optioned David Pietrusza’s book “1920: The Year of the Six Presidents” through his Matthau Company. He noted that the series would run concurrently with the 100-year anniversary of the 1920 election.

“1920 is considered the first modern election and one of the most dramatic,” Matthau said. “Six once and future presidents — Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt — jockeyed for the White House. Amazing characters, amazing roles for actors.”

Harding, a Republican Senator from Ohio, defeated Democratic Governor James M. Cox of Ohio in the election,
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Emmys Flashback: Laura Dern Earned a Nom for Portraying Katherine Harris in 2008's 'Recount'

Emmys Flashback: Laura Dern Earned a Nom for Portraying Katherine Harris in 2008's 'Recount'
Laura Dern, who stars in the HBO TV film The Tale, which made a #MeToo splash at Sundance, had a big year in the Emmy movie race in 2008.

Recount won its category, and Dern received a nomination for supporting actress and won at the Golden Globes. The HBO drama focuses on the Florida recount after the 2000 presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Sydney Pollock had been set to direct, but illness forced him to drop out. The film premiered the day before he died from cancer May 26, 2008.

“After Sydney, we went in ...
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Laura Dern movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Wild,’ ‘Rambling Rose,’ ‘Jurassic Park’

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Laura Dern movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Wild,’ ‘Rambling Rose,’ ‘Jurassic Park’
Laura Dern returns to HBO this weekend with her film “The Tale,” a big hit in early 2018 at the Sundance Film Festival where the premium network purchased it. Dern’s last collaboration with HBO proved quite successful for both of them. “Big Little Lies” was a major winner during at the 2017 Emmy Awards (her first trophy) and 2018 Golden Globes.

Dern began her career as a teenager more than 30 years ago. Dern seemed to initially aspire to a more normal life but her attempts to finish her college degree at the University of Southern California were continually interrupted by obtaining plum film roles. That she’d eventually settled into an acting career isn’t surprising since her father Bruce Dern is a two time Oscar nominee and her mother Diane Ladd a three time nominee.

SEEEmmys 2018: Could Laura Dern earn double nominations for ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘The Tale’?

Dern would
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‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Emmy Fyc Event: David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern reflect on their decades-long journey [Listen]

‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Emmy Fyc Event: David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern reflect on their decades-long journey [Listen]
Emmy voters returned to the strange world of “Twin Peaks” recently with an Emmy Fyc event for Showtime’s revival, “The Return.” Gold Derby was on-hand at Paramount Studios for the Q&A with director David Lynch and stars Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern, which followed a screening of the finale. Listen to the entire 47-minute Q&A above.

See ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Emmy Fyc event: Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern ‘don’t know the answers to David Lynch’s worlds’ [Red Carpet Interviews]

A great sense of mystery surrounded “The Return,” which picks up 25 years after the original series left off. Details were kept tightly under wraps, especially the shocking conclusion. “I was thrilled at the ending,” revealed MacLachlan, who reprised his iconic role as Dale Cooper, an FBI Agent investigating the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) in a small Pacific Northwestern town (he also managed to play
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Laura Dern movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Laura Dern movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Laura Dern has returned to HBO with her film “The Tale,” a big hit in early 2018 at the Sundance Film Festival where the premium network purchased it. Dern’s last collaboration with HBO proved quite successful for both of them. “Big Little Lies” was a major winner during at the 2017 Emmy Awards (her first trophy) and 2018 Golden Globes.

Dern began her career as a teenager more than 30 years ago. Dern seemed to initially aspire to a more normal life but her attempts to finish her college degree at the University of Southern California were continually interrupted by obtaining plum film roles. That she’d eventually settled into an acting career isn’t surprising since her father Bruce Dern is a two time Oscar nominee and her mother Diane Ladd a three time nominee

Dern would go on to earn two Oscar nominations of her own for “Rambling Rose” and “Wild
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‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Emmy Fyc event: Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern ‘don’t know the answers to David Lynch’s worlds’ [Red Carpet Interviews]

‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ Emmy Fyc event: Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern ‘don’t know the answers to David Lynch’s worlds’ [Red Carpet Interviews]
Showtime brought prospective Emmy voters back to the strange world of “Twin Peaks” recently with an Emmy Fyc event for its revival, “The Return.” Gold Derby was on the red carpet at Paramount Studios in Hollywood to chat with stars Kyle MacLachlan and Laura Dern before a screening and Q&A, where they were joined by director David Lynch. Scroll down and click on the links at the bottom of this post to be taken to our complete interviews.

“Who killed Laura Palmer?” was the question on everyone’s lips when “Twin Peaks” originally premiered on ABC in the spring of 1990. With co-creator Mark Frost (“Hill Street Blues”), Lynch brought the surreal sensibilities of his films “Eraserhead” (1977) and “Blue Velvet” (1986) to the TV masses with the story of an FBI agent (MacLachlan) investigating the murder of a homecoming queen (Sheryl Lee) in a small Pacific Northwest town. The show was a success,
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‘The Tale’ Trailer: Laura Dern Is Back in the Emmy Race With HBO’s Acclaimed Sundance Drama

‘The Tale’ Trailer: Laura Dern Is Back in the Emmy Race With HBO’s Acclaimed Sundance Drama
Laura Dern won her first Emmy last year after six nominations for her supporting turn in “Big Little Lies,” and she’s back in the television awards race this year in a big way thanks to “The Tale.” Jennifer Fox’s memory drama earned universal acclaim at Sundance earlier this year, becoming the most acclaimed title in Park City and selling to HBO Films in a surprise move.

The Tale” stars Dern as a version of Jennifer Fox. The character finds a short story she wrote for school at age 13, which forces her to re-examine her first sexual experience and confront life-altering questions about how she members her childhood. The supporting cast includes Isabelle Nélisse, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Frances Conroy, John Heard, Common and Ellen Burstyn.

In an A review out of Sundance, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called the film “a landmark cine-memoir that’s as powerful and profoundly
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Jay Roach to Direct ‘Fire and Fury’ TV Adaptation

  • The Wrap
Jay Roach to Direct ‘Fire and Fury’ TV Adaptation
The TV adaptation of Michael Wolff’s bestselling “Fire and Fury” has found its director. Jay Roach, who has tackled politics in previous projects like “Game Change,” “Trumbo,” and “Recount,” has signed on to adapt the series from Endeavor Content. The director had recently signed on to another installment of the “Game Change” franchise at HBO, this time a miniseries based on an upcoming book about the 2016 presidential election from from Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. However, that project was dropped last October following sexual misconduct allegations against Halperin. Also Read: Michael Wolff's 'Fire and Fury' Book About Trump White House to Be...
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HBO Drops “Game Change” Follow-Up After Mark Halperin Sexual Harrassment Claims

HBO has had a lot of success partnering with Jay Roach on movies about presidential elections. They previously scored with Recount and especially Game Change, which racked up five Emmys including Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. Game Change was based on the book co-written by Mark Halperin, who views politics not as something that affects people lives, but simply as a dramatic arena filled with big personalities, ripe for epic stories where everyone is a colorful scumbag and actual policies are topics for nerds. The network hoped to stay in the Halperin business and had been working with him on …
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'Rebel in the Rye' Review: 'Spineless' J.D. Salinger Biopic Disappoints

'Rebel in the Rye' Review: 'Spineless' J.D. Salinger Biopic Disappoints
Movies about writers so rarely work that it's a wonder anyone still tries to make them. Rebel in the Rye tries very hard to get inside the head of J.D. Salinger as he struggles to write The Catcher in the Rye. Solid idea; spineless execution. Danny Strong, in his feature directing debut, knows how to put a movie together. But his script is basically an overload of cliches that Salinger's writing avoided like Kryptonite. Strong, whose TV writing is exemplary (Recount, Game Change), is doing a by-the-numbers biopic drawn from
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‘Game Change’ Writer Danny Strong Wants to Make a Movie About Donald Trump (Video)

  • The Wrap
‘Game Change’ Writer Danny Strong Wants to Make a Movie About Donald Trump (Video)
Danny Strong has written two successful movies about contemporary American politics, but the “Rebel in the Rye” director said he’d need a beat before tackling the presidency of Donald Trump. “I’m waiting to see what happens,” Strong said in an interview with TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman. “Every day is so chaotic and so many things happen. Every single day, literally there’s three different things.” Strong first broke out as a writer in 2008 with HBO’s “Recount,” the Jay Roach-directed film dramatizing the recount of votes cast during the 2000 presidential election. Four years later, Strong and Roach re-teamed for “Game Change,
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‘Rebel in the Rye’: Why Danny Strong Recut His J.D. Salinger Biopic After the Sundance Premiere

‘Rebel in the Rye’: Why Danny Strong Recut His J.D. Salinger Biopic After the Sundance Premiere
For his directorial debut, Danny Strong wanted to get a little more personal. The multi-hyphenate is known for his work on both sides of the camera, from acting in small screen fare like “Gilmore Girls” and “Mad Men,” to scripting features like “Game Change” (the HBO movie that earned him two Emmys), “Lee DanielsThe Butler,” and the final pair of “Hunger Games” films, in addition to creating a little show called “Empire,” but when it came time to direct, Strong sought out something closer to his own experience. A biopic of J.D. Salinger fit the bill.

But when Strong’s “Rebel in the Rye” premiered at Sundance earlier this year, the fact-based feature wasn’t a universal crowdpleaser. Fortunately, that’s not the movie audiences will see when it opens in September, and Strong is hopeful that the new version speaks more clearly to his original intentions when it came to telling the story.
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The Laura Dern-aissance: From Blacklisted After ‘Ellen’ to 2017 Scene-Stealer of ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Twin Peaks’

The Laura Dern-aissance: From Blacklisted After ‘Ellen’ to 2017 Scene-Stealer of ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Twin Peaks’
A formidable actress, Laura Dern has been working in Hollywood since age 5. At 13 years old, the daughter of icons Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern became the youngest Miss Golden Globe and soon thereafter earned critical acclaim with her breakout role in Blue Velvet. The 1986 film also marked the first time Dern and director David Lynch would work together throughout her career, a pairing that continues with Twin Peaks’ celebrated return on Showtime.

Known for her highly emotive face,
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Sony Developing Miniseries ‘Shattered’ About Hillary Clinton Campaign

Sony Developing Miniseries ‘Shattered’ About Hillary Clinton Campaign
The only people, it seems, who enjoy endlessly going over the story of last November’s election more than the massively insecure President Of The United States, is, it seems Hollywood executive. We already know that the next season of “American Horror Story” will be election themed, the team behind “Recount” and “Game Change” are developing a miniseries based around the Clinton/Trump race last year, and Annapurna and “Hurt Locker” writer Mark Boal are developing a project as well.

Continue reading Sony Developing Miniseries ‘Shattered’ About Hillary Clinton Campaign at The Playlist.
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John Hurt: Remembering the Master of Outsiders

John Hurt: Remembering the Master of Outsiders
For a man whose first claim to screen immortality came when an extraterrestrial freak of nature ripped a hole in his chest and screeched bloody murder in Alien, John Hurt was a hell of an actor. "The alien won the Oscar," a laughing Hurt told me nearly three decades later, referring to the Academy Award that Ridley Scott's 1979 film took home for H.R. Giger's visual effects. It might be the only time in his 55-year career that anyone, let alone a creature that looked like a penis with teeth,
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Nicholas Hoult Is J.D. Salinger In The By-The-Numbers Biopic ‘Rebel In The Rye’ [Sundance Review]

Park City — Danny Strong is a two-time Emmy-winning screenwriter who wrote “Game Change,” “Recount” and “Lee DanielsThe Butler.” He also co-created a little series you might have heard of called “Empire.” Tackling the life of one of America’s greatest literary voices might have been a bit much for his directorial debut. That’s the thought that starts to percolate through your mind as you sit through the J.D.

Continue reading Nicholas Hoult Is J.D. Salinger In The By-The-Numbers Biopic ‘Rebel In The Rye’ [Sundance Review] at The Playlist.
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Newswire: Danny Strong got divorced on Gilmore Girls, and that’s all right by him

Danny Strong is recognizable from numerous noteworthy projects: Jonathan on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Paris’ paramour Doyle on Gilmore Girls, Albert Fekus on Justified, and Danny Siegel, the guy who punched Roger Sterling in the crotch on Mad Men. But all that time on camera also motivated his prolific pursuit of screenwriting: “I just write things because I spent so many years as an actor trying to get any job I could get,” he explains. “Literally anything to pay my bills and to get my health insurance. So when I started writing, I made a decision really early on: ‘I’m just going to do things I think are cool.’” His writing resumé now possibly surpasses his acting one, including his Emmy-award-winning Sarah Palin campaign movie Game Change, the also politically themed Recount, and two Hunger Games: Mockingjay movies. He also co-created Lee Daniels’ Empire, where he’s scripted and
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‘Passengers’: Why It Took a Decade to Launch a Black List Darling

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‘Passengers’: Why It Took a Decade to Launch a Black List Darling
Passengers” is a futuristic sci-fi movie with a very complicated past. Opening Wednesday and starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence as passengers on an intergalactic spaceship who are prematurely thawed out of a cryogenic slumber 90 years before the ship reaches its destination, the project has been gestating in Hollywood since 2007. But the lengthy production history doesn’t seem to have done the movie any favors.

Read More: ‘Passengers’ Trailer: Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt Fall in Love in Space, Then Everything Goes Wrong

While its marketing suggests the kind of brainy space drama that made “Interstellar” such an anticipated fall release not too long ago, “Passengers” has disappointed critics and sci-fi fans alike, earning a Metascore of 42. The late December release date (the film opens today) also represents a curious position on the calendar, sandwiched between distributors’ early December dumping ground and the coveted Christmas Day slot. And while the
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Election Movies To Watch

– By We Are Movie Geeks Staff –

Our long election season is finally coming to an end, and all that remains is to vote. And watch an election-themed movie!

Going through the list of movies about elections, the Movie Geeks found a lot more negative than positive ones, and more movies about manipulative people behind the candidate than inspiring candidates. While there is a lot of biting social commentary and satire, there are a few light and silly election movies too. So top cap off election season, here are a dozen election and political movies.

Don’t forget to vote!

The Campaign

Jay Roach, director of the true story political HBO filmsRecount” and “Game Change”, goes for the big laughs in this farce about a lazy, scandal-ridden incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) who faces off against a bumbling, naive altruistic Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). This comic gem captures all the election craziness,
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